Salt Lake City was one of the hosts of this year’s Navy Week, where the U.S. Navy spends a week in a particular city to meet locals and show its skills. Throughout the week, Sailors participate in numerous community outreach events, including presentations, interactive displays, Navy Band performances, and jumps by the Navy’s official parachute team, the Leap Frogs.
Navy Week is designed to bring America’s Navy closer to the people it protects, in cities that do not have a significant naval presence. The goal of this focused outreach effort is to increase Americans’ understanding of the Navy.
Sailors from the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship afloat, spoke at several elementary schools, and Youth Services was honored to host a group on our main campus. The Sailors came in historic Navy uniforms, and taught the youth in shelter about the history of the Navy, and of the USS Constitution specifically. We even got to hear the story behind the ship’s age old nickname: “Old Ironsides.” Many thanks to the sailors who took time from their busy schedule to share with our youth!